Annie's very first Halloween, at 9 months old, was spent in Washington, DC (where we were for my cousin's beautiful wedding)! Nine month olds are the perfect recipients of hand sewn Halloween costumes because they have no ideas of their own of what they want to be, no protests, no changing of minds. They are great! And they look super cute as tiny, fluffy animals.
And I decided it was essential that Annie dress up as a penguin. Oh, friends, she looked so cute! So cute, that I know you will want to make one for your tiny person as well!
Taken mostly from this very well written and easy to follow tutorial! Instead of plain white for the belly I used white with pink polka dots, because, in life, I mean, in sewing, I think that if polka dots are ever an option, they should not be passed up. Also, the tutorial has a zipper down the back and a little penguin head hat. I chose to make a hood instead, which meant no zipper (oh, darn!) Having seen Annie "wear" hats, I was pretty sure an attached hood was a much better call. With the help of a texted picture of a hood pattern and some measurements (from none other than the bunny costume seamstress, herself!) the hood was born.